Why hello there. This is it. We made it. The final post in ScaleitSimple’s blog improvement series. Yay!
If you have been reading along for the past five weeks then I want to say a big thank you. I hope that I have been able to help you grow your blog and social media as authentically and simply as possible. Please leave me a comment with some feedback, and let me know if you would like to see more post like this in the future.
Don’t forget the fun isn’t completely over!
There is still a huge Fall Blog Party coming up this October! Email subscribe on the right to get your invite as soon as they are sent out!
Alright, alright enough about the future lets live in the now and get to the guts of this post!
Today’s post is a monthly social media calendar for you to use. This is the same schedule that I myself use.
Before I started using my schedule I was rushing to post weekly. Stumbling through editing, failing to create the quality posts I wanted and don’t even get me started on the mess of my social media.
Since using this simple calendar I have been able to plan everything with so much extra time to spare. I have 5 weeks of social media, postings, and editing scheduled at a time. And I am able to enjoy every bit of editing, writing, and marketing that I do.
This can be you too!
Let me walk you through these three easy printables that you can begin to use in order to amplify your social media and blogging game!
During the last week of the month begin to plan for the month ahead.
By utilizing a program like Hootsuite you can link your Twitter account and Facebook page to schedule these social media posts ahead of time.
Noted at the top of each day of the week you will see the most popular hashtags that I focus on for each day of the week. Of course, there are lots of other hashtags that you can use and I will provide more on popular hashtags in the future so stay tuned!
Once you have set up HootSuite or some other type of scheduling program, open up your blog and begin to plan the old posts you would like to share. Motivational posts on Monday, travel posts on Tuesday etc.
The goal is to share one blog post on your Facebook page per day and at least three on your Twitter. Circle, highlight or X out for each day you complete.
You will also notice a P on each day. This stands for posts. You can circle the days that you plan on posting a new post as to visualize what your whole month will look like.
Try this schedule for a full month, trying different hashtags and posting times.
Now that you have your full month planned out you can begin to break down your ideas and goals into smaller milestones. I like to begin this on Monday.
By looking at my monthly social media calendar I can see what I have coming up that week and begin to break down the steps I need to take in order to achieve that goal.
For example, Monday could be editing, brainstorming, join a blog Facebook group etc.
This is your opportunity to plan ahead. After a few weeks of this, I promise you will be a zillion times more productive!
This is an ultimate daily checklist. If you decide to use it only twice a week I can ensure you will still see amazing results!
On the Blog: Look at your weekly planner and determine what you need to work on your blog today. Such as editing, creating images, research.
This is everything you need to get done on your blog! Sound simple? It is! Simple and effective!
Social Media: Add any social media endeavors that you are working on. This can include things like, joining Pinterest group boards, start a StumbleUpon account, planning pins or tweets etc.
Finding a social media schedule that works for you is key to gaining new readers and increasing your traffic. What is the point of having great content if no one knows you exist?
Follow up: This can include any emails you need to send, bloggers you wish to contact, brand contacting, commenting on others blog, replying to comments.
Ideas: The most beneficial part of my planning process has been saving blog ideas when they pop into my head. I usually save ideas on my phone because I always have my phone with me. Writing down your ideas is great for the times you feel inspired to write because you can just be creative and let the words flow when you have the time.
When an idea makes it to my daily planner this is a good sign that I am ready to start breaking it down into the post I hope for it to become.
Thank you, everyone, for participating in this five-week blog improvement series. I hope to see you all at the upcoming Fall Blog Party. As mentioned email subscribe on the right for your invite!
If you have not had a chance to read all of this series check out the other posts below. Cheers!